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The Maker Movement

The Maker Movement
Preface I’ve been so busy making making things, making a hackerspace at FamiLAB, making a Maker Faire, talking about Making our Community better, and launching a maker-focused foundation that I don’t update this page often enough… I originally wrote this because I was constantly answering “What is a Maker?” – but I don’t get the question anymore – and that is a good thing. We’ve formed The Maker Effect Foundation to activate and amplify the efforts of makers as they learn, build and work together in their communities, please visit our website to learn more. If you live in Florida and consider yourself a Maker – please visit one of the hackerspaces / makerspaces listed below, and attend Maker Faires – you’ll meet awesome people and find some great ways to connect your personal passion to organizations that need your support! It is a great time to be a “Maker”! Makers have been on the “margins” for a long time – but what caused this move from the “margins to the mainstream?” Related:  Lost Art CollectiveDo It Yourself

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Top 150 Makers Blog List There are hundreds of great inspiring and creative blogs to read, but do you ever wonder which blogs everyone else is reading? I do, which is why I have compiled a list of the top 150 design, inspiration, and DIY blogs – I call them all Makers. The blogs are measured and ranked based on 5 criteria (Alexa rank, Compete traffic, Google Pagerank, Google Reader subscribers, Yahoo! inlinks). This list certainly isn’t perfect. I tried to scour and dig for the most popular sites out there, but it’s nearly impossible to know about them all. Have fun browsing! Alexa Rank Alexa’s traffic rankings are based on the usage patterns of Alexa Toolbar users and data collected from other, diverse sources over a rolling 3 month period. 1. Want to brag about your rank or give some link love to the Top 150 Makers Blogs list?

Impression 3D : une technologie améliorée sera libre début 2014 Les imprimantes 3D intéressent de plus en plus d'amateurs, mais elles sont encore loin d'être accessibles au grand public. Surtout, les résultats qu'elles produisent paraissent souvent décevants pour qui s'attend à obtenir des produits de qualité comparable aux objets industriels vendus dans le commerce. Mais l'impression 3D personnelle en est encore à sa préhistoire, et progresse à vive allure. Actuellement, les modèles les moins chers d'imprimantes 3D sont basés sur une technologie d'extrusion de plastique (ABS ou PLA), où les objets sont fabriqués par l'addition de fines couches de plastique fondu, qui durcit très vite au contact de l'air. Ces dernières années, l'impression 3D a connu un gain de popularité énorme, grâce aux imprimantes libres et open-source RepRap, qui ont inspiré depuis des dizaines voire des centaines de déclinaisons. Mais au début de l'année 2014, un nouveau bond technologique devrait avoir lieu.

About MAKE Whether your project travels in a suitcase or requires a tow hitch and trailer to move it around, get on the Road to Maker Faire Challenge — you could win $2,500 to bring your project to New York City this September for World Maker Faire! Grand PrizeOne Grand Prize Winner will receive $2,500 to bring their project to World Maker Faire New York 2013. 2nd PrizeTwo Runners-up Prize Winners will each receive 1 Maker’s Notebook, a 1-year subscription to Make: Magazine, and 2 Adult weekend passes to World Maker Faire New York 2013. Contest InstructionsTo enter in the Road to Maker Faire Challenge, you will need to submit an Entry Form with all of your project details. If you are selected by the panel of judges to be the winner, you will receive $2,500 to bring your project to World Maker Faire New York 2013, September 21st & 22nd. Provide photos and additional documentation (such as video, blog, schematics). Contest StartsJune 25, 2013 @ 12:01am (PT) Contest EndsAugust 5, 2013 @ 11:59pm (PT)

Hackerspace Ein Hackerspace (RaumZeitLabor in Mannheim) Ein Hackerspace (von Hacker und Space, engl. für Raum) oder Hackspace ist ein physischer, häufig offener Raum, in dem sich Hacker sowie an Wissenschaft, Technologie oder digitaler Kunst (und vielen anderen Bereichen) Interessierte treffen und austauschen können. Sie werden meist von Vereinen getragen, in denen sich die Interessenten organisieren. Funktion[Bearbeiten] Innenraum der c-base in Berlin Viele Hackerspaces setzen sich für die Förderung der Allgemeinbildung im technischen Bereich, sowie die Themen der Hackerkultur (wie z. Meist ist beim Eintritt keine Gebühr zu entrichten. Geschichte[Bearbeiten] Hackerspaces wurden zunächst in Deutschland durch etablierte Treffpunkte wie der c-base in Berlin oder der C4 in Köln eingerichtet. Bekannte Hackerspaces[Bearbeiten] International bekannt sind im deutschsprachigen Raum beispielsweise die c-base in Berlin, der Attraktor in Hamburg und das RaumZeitLabor in Mannheim sowie das Metalab in Wien.

Custom Goods Marketplace Makeably Rebrands As “Hatch,” Now Updates Pricing As You Go Makeably, the New York-based, custom-made goods marketplace that closed on seed funding from Great Oaks, 500 Startups and others earlier this year is now relaunching under a new, easier-to-remember name: Hatch. Alongside the rebranding, the company has also evolved the process by which consumers tweak and “remix” the products offered for sale. The site, founded by ex-Googlers Ryan Hayward and Anastasia Leng, is similar to CustomMade in that it’s an attempt to connect everyday shoppers with artisans capable of producing custom goods. But this summer, Hatch (then Makeably), made a slight shift to differentiate itself somewhat from its competitors. Leng explained that the majority of shoppers looking for custom items weren’t reaching out to artisans with detailed requests sprung out of their own minds, but were rather “remixing” existing products with small change requests. To encourage this culture of remixing, the company changed the site to better support user behavior.

The DIY 'Maker Movement' Meets the VCs In a light-filled loft in lower Manhattan, a dozen young workers stuff tiny circuit boards and empty Altoids cans into plastic bags. These will be packed into kits and shipped to do-it-yourselfers worldwide, who use the components to create homemade smartphone chargers. The loft, a former Wall Street trading floor, is the headquarters of Adafruit Industries, an electronics distributor that last year sold $5 million worth of Altoids kits, TV-B-Gones (remotes guaranteed to silence any television), and hundreds of other oddball products. Coming soon: a wired video jacket that plays movies and jewelry embedded with pulsating LED lights. “Over the last year, we’ve doubled in revenue; in number of products, we’ve quadrupled,” says Phillip Torrone, creative director of the seven-year-old company. Adafruit is one of hundreds of growing ventures in the U.S. that belong to the so-called maker movement. Despite their passion for collaboration—or perhaps because of it—maker companies are thriving.

Instructables - Make, How To, and DIY PCB Designs Fabrication and Assembly Services | PCB Designers and Service Fabrication and Assembly Services Advanced Designs works with several vendors in order to get you the best price and service. We can organize and supervise your project, submit appropriate files and data to PCB fabricators and assembly houses. Our many years of experience, qualifies us to negotiate on your behalf, the best prices and terms. Generally, we will have 2 or 3 different companies submit bids for your approval, and will handle all the logistics in order to deliver a completely assembled product. Recommended Assembly House Sunnytech, ( is one of our recommended assembly vendors, located in Sunnyvale, Ca. PCB Manufacturing and Fabrication Advanced Circuits, ( is a recommended PCB fabricator, located in Aurora, Co. San Francisco Circuits, ( is a local PCB fabricator that we recommend, located in San Mateo, Ca. Do It Right, the Easy Way

Michael Zwaagstra: Too many educators believe that handwriting is obsolete. Nonsense Many progressive educators believe that handwriting is obsolete in the 21st century. It isn’t hard to see how they came to this conclusion. Computers are everywhere and an increasing number of schools expect students, even those in Grade 1, to do their work on handheld tablets. Unfortunately, much of the debate about handwriting tends to dwell on minor issues. However, as important as these questions seem, they miss the bigger picture. Fortunately, research gives us a clear answer. According to Roessingh, printing creates memory traces in the brain that assist with the recognition of letter shapes. When students practice printing by hand, they learn how to read and write more quickly and more accurately. Students who handwrite fluently can engage with more challenging text than students who still struggle with basic vocabulary In the upper elementary grades, it is still important for students to learn cursive writing. Learning does not come automatically. National Post

MindCub3r for EV3 Build your own LEGO® MINDSTORMS® robot to solve the Rubik's Cube®... 1. Description MindCub3r is a robot that can be built from a single LEGO MINDSTORMS EV3 home set (31313) or from EV3 Education Core and Expansion sets (45544+45560) to solve the well known Rubik's Cube puzzle. All MindCub3r software releases should work with LEGO EV3 firmware versions from v1.06H (home) and v1.06E (Education) onwards. It is recommended that the EV3 firmware is always updated to the latest version released from LEGO. Construct the robot by carefully following the build instructions (Home) or build instructions (Education) and then download and install the software described below. MindCub3r software consists of three main parts: Note: release v2p1 uses the .rtf extension to enable the files to be downloaded using the standard LEGO MINDSTORMS EV3 software. 2. 4. 4.1 General The video of the home variant of MindCub3r shows a prototype. 4.2 Tilting 4.3 Scanning

flux | Hackerspaces – The Beginning (the book) In December of 2008, a group of hackers was sitting on the floor with faces aglow with laptop light cruising the internet and skyping friends in and listening to death metal. It was 12 days before 25c3. Astera and I had a conversation that went something like this: B: There should be a book. The twelve days we had was until CCC started. Within a week we had been scorched by a flame war, gotten a lot of both written and photographic material submitted and it seemed likely that the book would happen. The 12 days came and went and still the submissions kept coming. Download HackerSpaces: The Beginning! This book documents where the hackerspace movement was in December of 2008. We did this because we wanted it to exist and so it is a reward in itself. After these years, the book is finally free in the world as a pdf. Build, Unite, Multiply!

P12412 / Project Review Expenses Expense Report Expenses to the Customer PCB Assembly It has been determined that the best method for assembling the PCB is to go to an outside assembly house. Electronics A lot of testing and troubleshooting went into getting the electronics to perform as necessary and to meet the customer needs and engineer specifications required. Bill of Materials for Electronics Final PCB Design Files Below are the links to download the final PCB design files, including Gerber files and Drill files for PCB assembly. Once at the Advanced Circuits website, choose the $33 PCB link under either Specials or Products/Services. Screenshots and design files coming when final PCB files are finished! Home | Planning & Execution | Systems Design | Detailed Design | Build, Test, Document |

Sunday Drive Art Projects | Sunday Drive Art Projects Sunday Drive is a registered not-for-profit organization presenting arts events that bring new audiences to new places. Our projects increase the creation, presentation and dissemination of contemporary arts activities. We are a passionate group of arts professionals dedicated to nurturing cultural exchange and art activities around us. We believe contemporary art should be accessible to everyone. Sunday Drive is equally dedicated to creating exceptional opportunities for art makers and organizations that increase the ways we know each other, work together, and have a good time making art - preferrably together! Tania Thompson, Founder and Creative DirectorFaith Moosang, Guest CuratorMichael Vickers, Program ManagerOliver Pauk, Program ManagerSasha Henry, Marketing CoordinatorThe New Beat, Website & Photography